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Selwyn Times: August 01, 2018

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16 Wednesday August 1 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES ALL MATTRESSES ON SALE DUNSTAN | PRESTIGE | SERENE SLEEP | SLEEPMAKER QUEEN MATTRESSES FROM $ 249 WINTER SALE NOW ON ENDS 13.8.18 Shop Online Nationwide Delivery Finance Options targetfurniture.co.nz Cnr Blenheim & Curletts Rds, Christchurch Ph: 0800 TARGET (0800 827438) Offers and product prices advertised here expire 13/08/18. Sale excludes Manchester and Accessories.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August 1 2018 17 SCHOOLS CREATIVE VISIT: Book illustrator Jenny Cooper drew a portrait of West Melton School year 3 pupil Lily on Wednesday as part of Book Week. Actor Stig Wemyss and author Heather McQuillan, who writes novels and poetry for young people, also entertained the pupils and held workshops. New pupils RUNNING: Clearview Primary School year 5 pupil Kobi Maslin has been selected to compete in the Canterbury primary schools cross-country team. She will head to Nelson for the inter-regional cross-county in September. Backyard Critters Carpet beetles are common Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us. Check out the full list of invertebrates found at http://naturewatch.org. nz/projects/backyardbiodiversity-bugs-in-lincoln TWO WEEKS ago I found a small larva in the empty bath, which I carefully brushed into a specimen tube to view under the microscope. Closer inspection revealed that the 6mm larva was an australian carpet beetle, Anthrenocerus australis, one of two common carpet beetle species found in New Zealand. The larvae are slow-moving, bristly, brown and white striped pests, as opposed to the smaller SLOW-MOVING: The australian carpet beetle larvae feed on carpets, woollen fabrics, fur, feathers and even dead insects in museums. 2-3mm, harmless, oval-shaped adults. The attractively patterned adults are pollen feeders, commonly seen on parsley flowers, whereas the destructive larvae feed on carpets, woollen fabrics, fur, feathers and even dead insects in museums. Their cast exoskeletons and frass, insect poo, can be a clue you have an infestation, which can be dealt with by freezing, steam cleaning, boric acid or synthetic pyrethroid insecticides, depending on what is infested. Carpet beetles take between nine to 12 months to complete a generation, depending on local temperatures. NEWBIES: Levi (left), Ema, Blaze, Morgan, Yuliana, Phoenix, Eliza and Connor started at West Melton School last week. Do you have a child starting school? Send your photos to emily. oconnell@starmedia. kiwi HARMLESS: Adult australian carpet beetles, Anthrenocerus australis, are pollen feeders, commonly seen on parsley flowers. TOWARDS YOUR WIN $1000 LOUVRE ROOF Request a FREE measure and quote from HomePlus and go into the draw to win $1000 towards your louvre roof. Flexible outdoor areas are the best way to squeeze out more outside living. The ability to open and close screens or louvres offers you protection from all types of weather. *Promotion closes 31 August 2018. Measured, made and installed by our team of experts. 5 year warranty. 88 Gasson St, Sydenham | 03 379 3740 | www.homeplus.co.nz